Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

Mommy Nearest

Mother and son incest: Are deep-seated cultural taboos against recognizing it hindering therapy?

Childhood Anxiety

Childhood anxieties build upon one another, becoming the gateway to bipolar, schizophrenia, and all adult mental disorders.

Please Yell at Me

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Have you ever found yourself uncontrollably yelling?

Aaron Hernandez: Tragic Choices or Brain Trauma?

With a football player again in the news—one whose brain is being sent to BU for examination—young athletes and professionals will be reminded of the risks.

6 Myths About Women and Addiction

While biology and circumstances affect who is at risk for addiction in both sexes, gender can shape how trauma, loss and family influence that risk.

Overcoming Sexual Assault: Symptoms & Recovery

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Seeking professional help after sexual assault is one of the most important and helpful things you can do.

A Letter to Stanford: Radical Vulnerability

"It's terrifying and unacceptable how common this narrative is, but together, we can put an end to it."

When Elephants Are Blessed

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on April 14, 2017 in Bear in Mind
A Thai Elephant sanctuary walks the trans-species ethical path of compassion and kindness.

Vehicular Trauma Syndrome

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on April 14, 2017 in The New Normal
A new syndrome related to vehicular trauma is identified.

Common Abusive Patterns (in Everyday Relationships)

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 13, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Abuse is grounds to end a relationship. But we can learn to make better choices by catching problematic patterns in our non-abusive relationships.

The Myth of the Violent Mentally Ill, Part One

The majority of people with mental illness are no more violent than anyone else. Chaiyapin

Countertransference: When is Yours Mine?

Our job is to let her know that no matter how bad she feels, how hard she cries and how much it hurts, it’s okay.
Michael S. Scheeringa

The World of Stress of Trauma

The model of relying on clinicians for best practices around stress and trauma deserves a polite burial.

When Trauma Affects Your Trust in Your Relationship

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on April 10, 2017 in Me Before We
Trauma can affect trust and connection in relationships and leave you seeking safety and comfort. Learn how to realistically ask for healthy support from your partner.

The Horrors of Texting and Driving

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on April 07, 2017 in The New Normal
Texting will continue to kill until changes are made.

"Cries from Syria" and Vicarious Trauma and Secondary PTSD

Interview with "Cries from Syria" director Evgeny Afineevsky about the Syrian crisis and the vicarious trauma involved in viewing hundreds of hours of carnage.
with permission from

Restorative Sleep Is Vital to Brain Health

Restorative sleep is vital to a healthy brain. But what if you can't sleep?

Male Rape Victims Face Difficulty Finding Support

Although most rape centers don’t turn male victims away, they do not cater specifically to the physical and emotional needs of men who undergo such trauma.

Protective and Risk Factors Associated With Trauma

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on April 04, 2017 in Towards Recovery
What is your personal susceptibility to trauma?
Kristen Fuller

A True Story of Living With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The trials and tribulations associated with living with obsessive-compulsive disorder and how art therapy can be a successful approach for this mental health disorder.

Perspective: The Difference Maker in Memories & Experiences

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on April 03, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Perspective is the main factor in determining how an event resonates with you, how you feel about a situation, and how you will remember what happened.

The Savage Empathy of Safe Spaces

Empathetic professors who subscribe to the invention that words equal violence, and that hearing certain views is a threat to students' "humanity" can do incalculable damage.
Darlene Lancer

Forms of Emotional and Verbal Abuse You May Be Overlooking

There's much more abuse than the 3,000,000 domestic violence cases reported yearly. Emotional abuse precedes violence but is often unnoticed and rarely discussed. Learn to spot it.

Collective Moral Injury: A Burden We Share

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 03, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Moral injury is a concept mainly applied to combat veterans. How does it apply on a collective level, given the state of the world today? Here's a detailed discussion...

How Climate Change Affects Mental Health

A new report offers evidence that our psyches are as vulnerable as our earth is to global warming.

Dancing in the Face of Death

What response is possible to an event that is as horrific as the shootings at the Pulse nightclub?
Labelled for reuse;

No One Lives in the Past

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on March 31, 2017 in In Control
We’re not living in the past, we’re sorting in the present.

Eat Right, Feel Right with Mental Health Nutrition

Help clients use food to improve their mood and their energy.
Pixabay, Public Use

When Childhood Trauma Meets Healing Relationships

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on March 30, 2017 in On Call
Think the effects of childhood trauma are irreversible? The corrective emotional experience is a reason for realistic optimism.